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Rewards and benefits

Rewards and benefits

We work for every community across Scotland, so we welcome your unique strengths, perspectives and life experiences. We want you to feel that you can be yourself, in a place where your voice is heard and your individual needs are met. We’ve created a competitive rewards package designed to support your physical and mental health, boost your career development, help you take care of financial matters and give you a good work life balance.

Your wellbeing


You’ll have 43 days paid holiday (including public holidays) each year.

Holiday buy

If you need extra time off, you can apply to buy up to 6 weeks additional annual leave to use on top of your normal holiday entitlement. We’ll spread the cost of this over the year through salary sacrifice.

Our approach to flexible working 

As one of Scotland’s Top 10 Flexible Employers, we pride ourselves on empowering our colleagues to work when and where they can best deliver their role in support of our corporate plan.

Under our approach to everyday flexibility, you can choose one of two work styles: you can either work mainly from the office or mainly from home. There may be a few exceptions where we can’t offer this choice, depending on the responsibilities of your role. You may flex your working pattern so that it meets the demands of your role, the needs of the business and suits your preferences.

We also offer the right to request flexible working from day one of employment.

Our standard working week is 35 hours (full time equivalent) Monday to Friday with some exceptions allowed for working weekends.

Healthcare cash plan

Look after yourself with our free healthcare cash plan. This plan offers benefits including money back towards everyday healthcare expenses like optical care, dental care and physiotherapy. You can also choose to buy extra cover. We also offer discounted cover or health insurance from self-funded healthcare plans.

Employee assistance programme

Your wellbeing is important to us, and we want you to have the support you need if you’re going through a difficult time. The help is there whenever you need it - you’ll have access to free confidential counselling and information services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service also offers online resources on health and wellbeing topics.

Enhanced sick pay

We offer enhanced occupational sick pay which include periods of full and half-pay periods.

Time off for dependants

Don’t worry if something urgent crops up at home. Time off for dependants allows you to take a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with unexpected emergencies and to give you time to make longer-term arrangements. We usually offer paid leave to cover emergencies like this.

Special leave

You can apply for special leave if you need to be away from work for a reason not covered by our other leave arrangements. For example, we have paid special leave for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.

Bereavement leave

Provides support for employees through their grief and allows paid time off work to deal with their personal distress and make related practical arrangements for the death of a close or chosen family member.

Your lifestyle

Family life

We offer enhanced family pay arrangements after you’ve been with us for a year.

Maternity pay

We'll give you enhanced maternity pay of 26 weeks of full pay. You'll receive statutory maternity pay after your full-pay period.

Adoption pay

We'll give you enhanced adoption pay of 26 weeks full pay when matched with a child. You'll receive statutory adoption pay after your full-pay period.

Shared parental leave

We’ll give you enhanced shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks of full pay.

Paternity pay

We’ll give you four weeks paid leave to be with your partner or civil partner and your new baby. 

Giving something back


We’ll give you up to 21 hours of paid volunteering time each year to support your favourite charity or join in with community activities.

Staff charity fund

You can also make a difference by joining our staff charity fund. You can donate directly from your salary for as little as £1 per week and request support for community projects, charities and other good causes close to your heart.

Give as you earn

Give as you earn means you can donate to a charity directly from your salary.

Making your money go further


We have an open and transparent pay system with formal progression pay awards as well as cost of living uplifts. This means you'll move up the salary band for your grade over time depending on the details in our annual pay award. Our annual pay award is 1 April every year. 

Employee discounts and offers

U-Benefit is our employee discount site, giving you access to discounts and cashback offers. You can shop online or buy retail vouchers and reloadable cards from a wide range of retailers. We also have special discount deals including mobile phones, gym membership and legal fees.


We work in partnership with some credit unions, so you can save directly from your salary

Cycle2work scheme

Want to get healthy and save money at the same time? Then hire a new bike through our salary sacrifice cycle2work scheme. If you use your new bike and safety equipment for commuting, you'll get it free of tax and national insurance.

Your working life

Personal growth

We’ll support your development throughout your career, with a range of flexible learning opportunities. These include:

  • Classroom/virtual environment based courses
  • E-learning and development resources and opportunities
  • Job shadowing
  • Individual mentoring and coaching
  • Mentoring and coaching skills programmes, continuing professional development (CPD) and supervision
  • Internal CPD and accredited learning programmes
  • Assignments
  • Further and higher education funding

Travel loans

We’ll help you spread the cost of your travel to work with our interest-free loans for public transport season tickets. We pay for the ticket in advance, then deduct loan repayments from your salary in thirteen equal instalments.

Professional fees

We’ll pay for one professional fee each year if you need professional body membership for your role.


We like to celebrate our successes and recognise the best examples of our people living our values. We use our 'living the values' awards when a colleague or team does something special that brings our values to life and has a positive impact.

Your future


Keep an eye on your future after work with our defined benefit pension scheme, which is a valuable part of our benefits package.

As well as a pension and tax free lump sum, our pension scheme has other benefits.

  • You're covered under the Scottish Enterprise life assurance scheme (death in service benefit)
  • Cohabiting partners receive the same pension benefits as married spouses or civil partners
  • You can make additional voluntary contributions to enhance your pension, which also come with tax advantages
  • Depending on your medical condition, there are ill-health retirement options

Our partial retirement scheme offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a gradual transition from employment to retirement. This means you receive a portion of your retirement benefits while continuing to work for us on reduced hours.

If you used to work for us and you’ve a query about your SE pension, please contact our Human Resources team:

Email or call 0300 013 5280.

Our employer accreditations and awards

Disability confident employer

Disability confident employer

Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion

Stonewall Scotland diversity champion

We're supporting age positive

Age Positive supporter

Young Person's Guarantee Employer logo

Young Person's Guarantee employer

Top 10 Flexible Employer Logo

Top 10 Flexible Employer

Institute of Export & International Trade

Investors in young people - Gold Award

Carer positive employer in Scotland

Carer positive employer in Scotland

Economic Development Association Scotland